Panel calls for reinstating Myricks
A United States track panel yesterday recommended that two-time world indoor long jump champion Larry Myricks, who faces lifetime suspension for use of banned substances, should be reinstated next spring. Myricks, the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, is serving a three-month suspension after testing positive for the stimulant phenylpropanolomine at the U.S. indoor championships Feb. 24 in New York.
Myricks, 34, of Upland, Calif., appealed directly to a reinstatement panel of The Athletics Congress, the U.S. governing body of track and field, which said it had found "good cause to grant the reinstatement request," but would not give further details. The recommendation will go to the TAC executive committee, which is due to meet Monday. If the committee accepts the recommendation, Myricks would be eligible to compete again April 13, the one-year anniversary of his original three-month suspension.
* Despite what it cost him in fame and fortune, Ben Johnson said he's glad he tested positive for steroids after his 100-meter victory in the 1988 Olympics because, "If I had kept taking them [anabolic steroids], I could have had side effects with my liver. I'm very glad I got caught and hope for a return to greatness."
Johnson clocked a world-record 9.79 seconds in winning the 100-meter gold medal in Seoul, South Korea, but lost both the record and the medal, along with perhaps millions of dollars in endorsement and commercial fees, after his positive test for steroids. He later was suspended from competition for two years. He'll compete for the first time since the suspension Jan. 11 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Rod Thorn, National Basketball Association vice president for operations, fined center James Donaldson of the Dallas Mavericks $3,000 for initiating Friday night's altercation with Byron Scott of the Los Angeles Lakers and Scott $1,000 for retaliating.
* John Paxson says the Portland Trail Blazers should retire his brother Jim's No. 4. Jim Paxson played nine seasons for the Trail Blazers, appearing in 627 games and scoring 10,003. He also appeared in two all-star games. Nobody has played in more games for the Trail Blazers. Only Clyde Drexler has scored more points.
"They've got a lot of numbers up there, guys who played on their championship team," John, a Chicago Bulls guard, said. "But Jim did a lot of things for this franchise, and his number should be up there -- soon. It belongs up there."
Team owner Harry Melling is talking of getting out of the sport because of Mike Rich's death Sunday. Rich, 32, a member of Bill Elliott's crew was killed in a pit-stop accident during Sunday's Atlanta Journal 500 NASCAR race.
"I don't need to stay in this sport, and I won't," Melling said. "That's the second time in five years this has happened to us."
Rich was changing the right rear tire on Elliott's car when the brakes of Ricky Rudd's car locked. Rudd's car slammed into the Elliott racer, pinning Rich beneath the Rudd car.
He suffered internal, head and chest injuries, and died Sunday night.